Olivier de Kersauson and team are averaging 19.65 knots despite easing off for a rudder repair

Olivier de Kersauson and his 13-strong Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Schneider Electric crew encountered their first technical problem on Sunday night when one of the rudder linkages showed signs of wear. Although the boat was slowed for several hours while the repair was completed, she is still clocking an average speed of 19.65 knots.

According to the most recent report from the boat however, Olivier de Kersauson explained that they are not travelling particularly fast yet because the north-easterly winds are up and down between 15-30 knots. “The sea is also rather unpredictable,” added de Kersauson, “and the risk of colliding with oil slicks from the Prestige during the night requires a high degree of vigilance in these waters.”

Having now passed area where the Prestige sank, and repaired the rudder linkages, Team Geronimo should be able to concentrate on full-on speed from now on, on their attempt at breaking Bruno Peyron’s existing 64 days, 8 hours, 37 minutes, 24 seconds, non-stop round the world record.